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14 Bottled Water Brands Recalled Due to E. coli Concerns
June 23, 2015
14 Bottled Water Brands Recalled Due to E. coli Concerns

Canada-based Niagara Bottling LLC has recalled its line of spring water produced at its Allentown and Hamburg plants in Pennsylvania due to the possible presence of Escherichia coli (E. coli) contamination.

FDA: Food Manufacturers Have 3 Years to Remove Trans Fat from Processed Foods
June 18, 2015
FDA: Food Manufacturers Have 3 Years to Remove Trans Fat from Processed Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs)--the source of artificial trans fat in processed foods--are not “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in human food. Food manufacturers now have 3 years to remove PHOs from their products.

Nestle India to Destroy $50 Million of Maggi Noodles
June 16, 2015
Nestle India to Destroy $50 Million of Maggi Noodles

Nestle India will destroy $50 million worth of instant noodles after a sales ban imposed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. Tests show that the noodles contain unusually high levels of lead.

 

China Observes Food Safety Publicity Week
June 15, 2015
China Observes Food Safety Publicity Week

China is currently recognizing Food Safety Publicity Week--a nationwide campaign aimed at “rebuilding public confidence in food safety”.

Country-of-Origin Meat Labeling Plans Slaughtered Again by Congress
June 11, 2015
Country-of-Origin Meat Labeling Plans Slaughtered Again by Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to repeal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Amendments Act of 2015 for meat--specifically beef, chicken and pork.

NARMS: Good and Bad News for Antibiotic Resistance in Foodborne Germs
June 9, 2015
NARMS: Good and Bad News for Antibiotic Resistance in Foodborne Germs

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced today that a new report by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) reveals good and bad news regarding antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs.

Consumer Group: States Reporting and Solving Fewer Foodborne Outbreaks
June 9, 2015
Consumer Group: States Reporting and Solving Fewer Foodborne Outbreaks

A new report from nonprofit consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has found that not only are states reporting and solving fewer foodborne illness outbreaks, but states vary widely in their outbreak reporting rates.

 

PMA Estimates $1 Billion Loss Dependent Upon COOL Enforcement
June 8, 2015
PMA Estimates $1 Billion Loss Dependent Upon COOL

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) issued a statement today ahead of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture’s consideration of the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) Amendments Act, praising them for rescinding statutes that mandate the program.

 

EFSA: Frying, Baking and Roasting Increases Risk of Acrylamide Exposure and Cancer
June 4, 2015
EFSA: Frying, Baking and Roasting Increases Risk of Acrylamide Exposure and Cancer

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain has published its scientific opinion on acrylamide--a chemical that naturally forms in starchy food products during every-day high-temperature cooking--found in food, reconfirming previous evaluations that its presence in food does in fact increase consumer risk of cancer.

New FDA Program to Reward Importers with Exemplary Food Safety Track Records
June 4, 2015
New FDA Program to Reward Importers with Exemplary Food Safety Track Records

A new program established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will give international food importers with proven food safety track records a break.

White House Urges Food Industry to Curb Antibiotic Use in Livestock
June 3, 2015
White House Urges Food Industry to Curb Antibiotic Use in Livestock

This week, the Obama administration hosted a gathering of food producers, medical professionals, hospital representatives and restaurant workers--including staff from Tyson Foods, Walmart and Foster Farms--urging them to promise to reduce their use of lifesaving antibiotics in livestock, use of which is becoming ineffective due to overuse.

UW-Madison Scientist Devises New Method to Eliminate Antibiotic Use in Animals
June 2, 2015
UW-Madison Scientist Devises New Method to Eliminate Antibiotic Use in Animals

An animal scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) has come up with an antibiotic-free method to protect livestock from common infections.

GFSI Technical Working Groups Open for Participation
May 29, 2015
GFSI Technical Working Groups Open for Participation

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has announced two new calls for participation in Technical Working Groups (TWG) aimed at advancing work on Food Service/Catering and Regional Outreach with GFSI.

 

Chickens Coming Home to Roost for UK Retailers After Poultry Test Results Published
May 28, 2015
Chickens Coming Home to Roost for UK Retailers After Poultry Test Results Published

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) just published results from a year-long testing program revealing that retailers are failing to meet goals for reducing the presence of bacteria.

EU Wakes Up to New Caffeine Intake Recommendations
May 27, 2015
EU Wakes Up to New Caffeine Intake Recommendations

Today, the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies published its Scientific Opinion regarding the safety of caffeine.

World Food Center Born From UC Davis, China Partnership
May 26, 2015
World Food Center Born From UC Davis, China Partnership

The University of California at Davis (UC Davis) has officially entered an agreement with the City of Zhuhai, China to launch a World Food Center that focuses on food safety.

RICE Act Asks FDA to Set Limits on Rice Arsenic
May 22, 2015
RICE Act Asks FDA to Set Limits on Rice Arsenic

The Reducing food-based Inorganic Compounds Exposure (RICE) Act introduced to Congress this week by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) asks the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set a maximum level of inorganic arsenic in rice and foods that contain rice.

FDA Reports Show Blue Bell Food Safety Violations Dating Back 8 Years
May 22, 2015
FDA Reports Show Blue Bell Food Safety Violations Dating Back 8 Years

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released four inspection reports of Blue Bell Creameries facilities from 2007 to 2012 after a records request by the media was granted.

Just Label It Campaign Asks Congress to Require GMO Labeling
May 21, 2015
Just Label It Campaign Asks Congress to Require GMO Labeling

This week, House Democrats presented Congress with the Just Label It campaign aimed requiring mandatory labels on foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

 

Sanderson Farms Will Not Chicken Out of Antibiotic Use
May 21, 2015
Sanderson Farms Will Not Chicken Out of Antibiotic Use

Sanderson Farms CEO Joe Sanderson says that the company has no plans to reduce or eliminate use of antibiotics in their sourced livestock--the exact opposite of what many fast food chains and U.S. chicken companies like Tyson Foods have vowed to do.

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